Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Massage and Pregnancy
Massage therapy was a GODSEND!
It eased my aching hips, shoulders and neck and was a tremendous aid in
helping me to relax. It helped to reduce the stress of my pregnancy.
- Sandy B.
The Positive Effects of Massage Therapy on Pregnancy
There are so many reasons for pregnant women to enjoy massages during pregnancy. Massage has been shown to:
- Reduce stress and promote a more relaxed state in the body. Relaxation decreases the negative physical effects that the body experiences during stress.
- Relieve muscle spasms, and muscle cramping, especially in the back and neck.
- Increase the circulation of the blood and lymph systems. Increased blood circulation helps to return excess fluid found I swollen hands, legs and feet back to the blood stream.
- Reduce stress on weight bearing joints and the muscles, ligaments and tendons that connect to them. Muscles are attached to bones and by relaxing them, comfort is especially welcome in the sacroiliac joints, the mid and low back, the hips and buttock areas and the muscles that run down each side of the spine.
- Provide emotional support and physical nurturing, particularly for women who are physically alone during their pregnancy or for those who have little support.
- Helps the women to be more aware of their bodies and to promote relaxation during labour and birth.
- Provide the woman with the experience of nurturing touch. Physical nurturing during pregnancy can actually influence a woman to touch her baby more and improve the bonding process between mother and child.
- Helps the mother’s body reassume a pre-pregnant state by facilitating a structural realignment of the spine and pelvis.
- Helps the woman feel pampered and special during such a significant, life-changing journey.
Massage therapy helped to ease some of my water retention. I felt cared for and massage
helped with all of my aches and pains. - Michelle M.
Massage therapy was emotionally balancing and uplifting. - Elizabeth W.
Massage therapy relieved my muscle tension, it reduced the pain that I felt in my pelvis and
low back and improved my sense of relaxation. I felt better all over. - Michelle Y.
Postpartum massage was fantastic! It relaxed and rejuvenated me so that I was able to
finally start sleeping again. It also helped to ease upper back soreness due to breastfeeding. - Charlotte M.
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